PORT GORE WILDERNESS ADVENTURES AND DIVING
Don't have time for multiple days?
Do a big day out.
Join us for an unforgettable diving adventure with our Day Trips! Based just 3 hours out of Picton, the drive to the lodge is filled with picturesque views of the sounds and native bush. There are multiple resorts and campsites along the way if you wish to break up your trip. We start our day in the morning with a relaxing tea before gearing up and diving the wreck and reefs based on the preferences of our guests. See rare wildlife, including the King Shag, and enjoy plenty of walks and activities for non-divers.
Try scuba is the best way to get started on your scuba journey or just to give it a go. You will learn the basics under the direct supervision of our trained instructors. First you will get comfortable with SCUBA equipment in calm water, shallow enough to stand in. We will then take you on a guided dive so you can experience what diving is all about. This is the perfect way to give scuba a try before committing to a full course.
Our Day and 24hr Trips are the perfect opportunity to explore all that our beautiful location has to offer. Choose from a range of activities, including Try Scuba, Guided Dives, and Snorkeling, or explore the area on foot with our Guided Wilderness Walk. For a unique experience, join us on a King Shag Colony Boat Tour or try your hand at Beach Fishing. Whatever your preference, our team will ensure that you have an unforgettable adventure.
There are a number of walks of varying lengths that you can do around the farm from 30mins to 2 hours through a working farm and native bush. There are good bird watching opportunities for native birds. Port gore is home to the rare King Shag that is endemic to the Marlborough sounds. We also have good fishing for blue cod right off the beach below the lodge.
Our boat Xtended Range is custom fitted for diving with a lift on the back to make it easier to get back aboard especially for technical divers with multiple stages. Doors on both sides with a very low step make it easy to exit no matter the swell or wind direction. XR is surveyed with Maritime New Zealand for 10 people and has a enclosed cabin to block the wind during the surface interval. Smaller groups use our 4.5m Stabicraft.
Two dives a day, no time limits as long as everything is planned. We cater to all levels, from open water to extended range and advanced wreck divers. There is something for everyone. The first two dives of any trip are guided by one of our experienced instructors who know the wreck like the back of their hand. Three hour surface intervals possible for technical dives with hot drinks and soup to warm you up.
Reservations: We recommend you book well in advance, trips depart on a regular basis throughout each week of the summer period, Go Dive limits the amount of diving guests on each 24hr trip to 8. A 50% non refundable deposit will secure your reservation with full payment required prior to the trip.
Minimum Experience Rating: NON DIVERS WELCOME! Open-water with cold water environmental orientation dive. Advanced O/W certification, or proof of a Wreck Adventure dive through a recognized training agency required for limited penetration dives. Note: certification depth limits strictly adhered to.
Tour Includes: Accommodation with bedding and towel, meals, diving, cylinders, air and weight belts. Rental equipment if required is extra
Number of dives: Two dives per day, any length.
What to bring: Log book, proof of certification, warm clothes, hat, sunscreen.
Dietary requirements: If you have any dietary requirements please notify us at time of booking. Extra charge may apply.
Maximum divers per trip: 8
Recommendations/requirements: If you are not used to diving in a 7mm wetsuit, dry suit, or in temperate waters, we recommend that you do an equipment and temperate water orientation dive before diving the Lermontov. This can be done prior to the trip in Picton or the first dive of the trip in Port Gore.
Communication: There is no cell reception out at the lodge. Starlink wifi is available 24/7.